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Cnr. Smith Street & Michael Place, Leongatha
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
6am Dawn Service ....................... at Cenotaph followed by a
light breakfast at clubrooms
10.45am March ............................ from RSL (Smith St)
10.55am Wreath Laying .............. at Cenotaph
11am Commemorative Service .. in Memorial Hall
GUEST SPEAKER: ......................... Bruce Dunlop
BISTRO - Lunch 12 - 2pm, Dinner 6 - 8pm
Bookings advisable by phoning 5662 4487
TRADING HOURS: 12 noon - 8pm
Members Lounge open from 10am
Phone: Reception 5662 2747 Office 5662 2012
*Information provided for the benefit of members, guests & authorised visitors.
The Kor umburra Sub-Branch will conduct
two ANZAC Day Ser vices
Tuesday, April 25 at the Cenotaph
located in Coleman Park,
and all are invited to attend.
They will be supported again this year by the
Korumburra Scouts and Cubs who will
provide a hot breakfast.
The for m up time will be 0545hrs for the
Dawn Service commencing at 0600hrs.
The later ser vice will be conducted at the
same location at 1030hrs later in the mor ning.
Kevin Moon, Pr esident.
ANZAC DAY SERVICES
Dawn service: To be held at the
Cenotaph at 6am
(note: not at cemetery)
Gunfire breakfast at 6.30am
March 9.45am - 10am
(from RSL Hall to Cenotaph)
Main service - 10.05am followed
by refreshments at the RSL Hall
ANZAC DAY BADGES
On sale from various points
ANZAC DAY DISPLAY
On now at the Wonthaggi Library
By Mitch Guy
FOR Wonthaggi brothers Sam Frood and Ja-
son Gordon, Anzac Day is the most important
day on the calendar.
The pair both enlisted in the Australian Army,
with Sam serving in Afghanistan and Jason in
pre-deployment for Afghanistan, before a seri-
ous ankle injury cut short his time in the army.
The pair, who grew up in the same foster home
in Wonthaggi and had aspirations to join the army
from a young age, have the utmost respect for the
importance of our national day of remembrance.
They have now left their army lives behind, but
they still hold dearly the friendships and bonds
they have made with their fellow soldiers.
Reflecting on what Anzac Day means to him,
Sam summed up the day beautifully.
“Anzac Day has always been the most impor-
tant day of the year for me, bigger than any day
like Christmas or birthdays,” he said.
“I love how everyone comes together for the
gunfire breaky at the cenotaph and listens to
the soldier’s ode.
“It’s a day about remembering and it’s a really
emotional day for a lot of soldiers.”
Sam left school at 17 and joined the army
After completing initial training and core in-
ventory training, he joined the First Battalion
Royal Australia Regiment at Townsville and was
deployed to Afghanistan on August 4, 2009 as
Sam was part of the mentoring and recon-
struction taskforce MRTF 2, where the soldiers
would maintain their presence and organise
meetings with leaders of the local settlements
to help the community.
He was involved in building a bridge at the Uro-
zgan province, which was a rewarding experience.
“They asked if we could fix a bridge for them,
and inventory provided security and the engi-
neers fixed the bridge, which was a pretty good
community project,” he said.
“It made it easier for us to move freely around
as well and it was made into a proper wooden
bridge so it couldn’t be booby trapped.”
Sam’s time in Afghanistan was relatively un-
eventful with no major incidents, until the last
two patrols of the trip.
“We’d had incidents beforehand, but the last
two patrols were the most hectic ones,” he said.
“The last patrol my mate got injured from
a blast. He lost his eye from a rock going up
through his cheek, and the Americans came in
by Black Hawk and took him out. That shook
me up pretty well.”
He returned to Townsville on February 26,
2010 after 192 days away and continued in the
army until September 2015.
Despite a few testing times, Sam said he
would love to go back to the army.
“I miss it and I miss the boys, I miss the
brotherhood and the routine,” he said.
“By the time I left I was a corporal, so I had
a section of eight men I was in command of. I
had to really motivate them, mentor them and
maintain a high standard. You really form a
bond with your section.
“It’s hard when you leave as there’s not much
routine, so it’s hard to cope sometimes.
“Once you settle in and leave the army behind
you, you start appreciating the smaller things in
life. It’s slower tempo and you’re not in a rush.”
Jason was ready to go to Afghanistan when he
fell down a dried out creek bed while bush training.
He was carrying 55kg including his gun and
pack with water, food and sleeping gear.
He weighed 75kg at the time, so 130kg of
weight came down hard on his ankle, tear-
ing ligaments and causing soft tissue damage
which required surgery.
“I spent about a year trying to recover and try-
ing to get back in the rifle company so I had
working status,” Jason said.
“I was having complications with my ankle,
so I was booked in for another surgery and the
army said it’s going to take too long to recover,
so I should look into doing something else.
“They’ve looked after me since.”
Although he didn’t serve at war, Jason still
looks back on his time in the army with pride.
“My dad, my brother and all my mates I
worked with and trained with went overseas,
so I feel like I’m still connected to the guys that
went over,” he said.
Anzac Day is for all
soldiers young and old
Wonthaggi’s Sam Frood, bottom right, is pictured with his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. The soldiers were providing overwatch for a
route, which they had to monitor 24/7 and keep clear for five days, while waiting for a resupply of vehicles for the forward observation base
in the Mirabad Valley, Urozgan Province.
Wonthaggi’s Sam Frood spent seven
months in Afghanistan from August 2009
to February 2010, before returning to the
First Battalion Royal Australia Regiment at
Townsville. He speaks of the importance of
Anzac Day as a day of remembering.
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